Food Miles, the huge market power of the Coles-Woolies supermarket duopoly, and what we can do about this in our weekly food shopping, are topics being scrutinised fairly closely in some thinking parts of Melbourne – as I’m sure they are elsewhere. What’s happening in your region?
Here are a few things happening in Melbourne:
Your Dollar is Your Vote! Who Did You Vote for Today?
The Sustainable Living Festival runs from Fri 15 February – Sunday 17 at Fed Square. On Saturday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Feast Tent the Ethical Consumer Group will ask festival goers to consider:
“With each dollar you spend, you are endorsing a company who has either a positive effect, or a negative effect on our environment, our community and human health.You won’t, however, find the social or environmental track record of the companies behind your favourite brands on the product label.
Who are the multinationals that control our food? Out of the top 100 brands sold in Australian supermarkets, just 15 are Australian owned, and these are owned by just 10 companies. 85% of a typical family shop goes to foreign-owned companies.
What is their track record, and what activities does your purchasing dollar endorse when you do your weekly shop? The largest global food company has been blacklisted with a boycott call for the best part of the last 30 years.
How can we reclaim corporate accountability? What actions can we, the everyday consumer, take in being responsible for the impact of our purchases and their wider affect on the world?”
Run by Warrandyte Neighbourhood House this program will address:
This local action group in its third free community information night Thursday 21 February – at the Anderson Creek Primary School Hall (Melway ref 35 B3) 7.30pm-9pm – will focus on ‘Food Miles’. There will be info about:
There will be three presenters:
Everyone is welcome. Enquiries: Wayne Rankin 03 9844 1959
‘Food Miles and Product Recycling – Rethinking our Energy Use’ is one of an eight part series of free info sessions run monthly by an enlightened council. This one is scheduled for May 22, 6.45pm – 9pm at Council Chambers 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Bookings essential. Contact Kay Toussaint T: 03 9840 E: email@example.com.